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NASA Satellite Movie Shows Great Plains Tornado Outbreak from Space
Apr 18, 2012 06:43 AM E
Satellite data gives forecasters a leg up on severe weather. NASA has just released an animation of visible and infrared satellite data showing the development and movement of the Great Plains tornado outbreak, using data from NOAA's GOES-13 satellite. There were more than 135 reports of tornadoes and 124 different warnings over April 14-15, 2012.
Artist's Conception of a Captured Planet
Some Stars Capture Rogue Planets
Apr 17, 2012 13:40 PM E
New research suggests that billions of stars in our galaxy have captured rogue planets that once roamed interstellar space. The nomad worlds, which were kicked out of the star systems in which they formed, occasionally find a new home with a different sun. This finding could explain the existence of some planets that orbit surprisingly far from the...
Space shuttle
Space Shuttle Discovery Takes off on Final Flight to Museum
Apr 17, 2012 10:20 AM E
The space shuttle Discovery took off on its final voyage on Tuesday, on a piggyback jet ride to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Virginia annex.
Hubble's Panoramic View of a Star-Forming Region
Hubble's Panoramic View of a Turbulent Star-making Region
Apr 17, 2012 10:07 AM E
30 Doradus is the brightest star-forming region in our galactic neighbourhood and home to the most massive stars ever seen. The nebula resides 170 000 light-years away in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small, satellite galaxy of our Milky Way. No known star-forming region in our galaxy is as large or as prolific as 30 Doradus.
ESA
Tim Gets His Feet Wet
Apr 17, 2012 09:11 AM E
ESA astronaut Timothy Peake will soon dive to the bottom of the sea to learn more about exploring space. A permanent underwater base almost 20 m below the waves off the coast of Florida will be Tim's home for more than a week in June.
Crater
Asteroid Craters on Earth Give Clues in Search for Life on Mars
Apr 17, 2012 08:45 AM E
Craters made by asteroid impacts may be the best place to look for signs of life on other planets, a study suggests.
NASA
NASA Clears SpaceX for Cargo Run to Space Station
Apr 17, 2012 06:32 AM E
NASA on Monday cleared a cargo ship owned by Space Exploration Technologies for a test flight to the International Space Station that is scheduled to launch on April 30, NASA officials said.
Space Tornado
1,000 Days of Infrared Wonders
Apr 16, 2012 11:20 AM E
For the last 1000 days the Infrared Array Camera (IRAC), aboard NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, has been operating continuously to probe the universe from its most distant regions to our local solar neighborhood. The IRAC "warm" program began once Spitzer used up its liquid helium coolant, thus completing its "cold" mission.
Mars
Solar Wind, Moon Dust and Martian Lights
Apr 16, 2012 09:13 AM E
The Canadian Space Agency has funded a University of Alberta-led project to study the effects of solar winds on Earth's moon and on Mars. The results are anticipated to influence design of spacecraft for robotic and human exploration.
Mars
NASA Planning Group Takes Key Steps for Future Mars Exploration
Apr 16, 2012 08:16 AM E
NASA's Mars Program Planning Group (MPPG), established to assist the agency in developing a new strategy for the exploration of the Red Planet, has begun analyzing options for future robotic missions and enlisting the assistance of scientists and engineers worldwide.
Shanghai
Shanghai At Night: A Growing City
Apr 16, 2012 07:11 AM E
The city of Shanghai sits along the delta banks of the Yangtze River along the eastern coast of China. The city proper is the world's most populous city (the 2010 census counts 23 million people, including "unregistered" residents). With that many humans, the city is a tremendous sight at night.
Lower North Fork Fire Burn Scar
Lower North Fork Fire Burn Scar
Apr 16, 2012 06:57 AM E
The Lower North Fork Fire began on March 26, 2012 when firefighters lost control of a planned burn in Foxton, Colorado, an unincorporated town southwest of Denver.
ESA
Designing the Interplanetary Web
Apr 14, 2012 16:26 PM E
Reliable Internet access on the Moon, near Mars or for astronauts on a space station? How about controlling a planetary rover from a spacecraft in deep space? These are just some of the pioneering technologies that ESA is working on for future exploration missions.
Space
Hubble Sees Messier 70: Tight and Bright
Apr 14, 2012 15:57 PM E
In this image, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured the brilliance of the compact center of Messier 70, a globular cluster. Quarters are always tight in globular clusters, where the mutual hold of gravity binds together hundreds of thousands of stars in a small region of space. Having this many shining stars piled on top of one another ...
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